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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to recall English meanings for an introductory body of Latin vocabulary
- Understand and be able to apply the basic elements of Latin grammar, in particular the use of inflection (changes in the form of words) to establish grammatical functions and so create meaning
- Be able to read passages of Latin (adapted and original) and to translate these into clear English
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the Roman cultural systems embedded in Latin, and of the influence these have had on the development of modern languages and cultures
- Topics provided at the commencement of the study term
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Latin lies at the foundation of the humanities and sciences. With Latin we are able to engage with principal thinkers such as Cicero and Seneca, and with seminal poets like Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, whose writing looms large in all major periods of Western literature. Learning Latin gives us insight into the history and vocabulary of modern disciplines such as law, medicine, biology, and botany.
At a fundamental level Latin inspires an appreciation of the elements and shape of language. We read Latin slowly and carefully, and so we develop precision in our own thinking and expression. By learning Latin you will learn to read better and write more clearly, and gain appreciation for the power and beauty of language.
This subject is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Latin. The subject is designed to provide a rapid survey of the language sufficient to enable students to read selected passages of adapted and original Latin. The language is taught in the context of its historical and cultural background, and includes study of the influence of Latin on the development of English and other modern languages.
- Reflective questions (10%)
- Vocabulary and paradigm quizzes (15%)
- Grammar and translation exercises (35%)
- Final invigilated exam (40%)